‘Doctor Who’ Renewed For Season 7, Matt Smith Returning

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Britain’s favorite time traveler will return for a seventh season in his current incarnation. That’s right folks – Doctor Who is getting another spin around the universe.

The BBC has confirmed that Doctor Who is returning with fourteen episodes, including another Christmas special. Matt Smith, the eleventh Doctor, will be back for his third year. There’s been no word from BBC America, but given the Doctor’s excellent numbers on this side of the pond, expect a similar release schedule next year.

The news broke on Twitter, as befits a young, hip show like Doctor Who (which is currently in its 32nd complete TV season). BBC1′s Head of Communications, Sam Hodges, posted the news earlier today, confirming that Smith would indeed return.

There’s no word on whether the Doctor’s current companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) or her husband Rory (Arthur Darvill) will be back next season, but odds are are good that they’ll both return – assuming they survive the rest of Season 6.

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Doctor Who history was made this years as the season premiere aired on the same day in the US and the UK. The episode was BBC America’s most-watched show ever, and Doctor Who has continued to dominate the American cable channel’s ratings. UK viewership has remained predictably excellent, regularly scoring more than 7 million audience members.

A rare treat for fans of sci-fi and fantasy literature occurred just a few weeks ago, as the episode “The Doctor’s Wife” marked the fist Doctor Who collaboration with celebrated novelist Neil Gaiman. The author of such books as Stardust, Coraline and American Gods wrote the script for the episode, guest starring Suranne Jones as a physical manifestation of the TARDIS.

The mid-season finale, “A Good Man Goes To War”, aired last Saturday in the UK (it will air June 11 on BBC America). Wholigans will have to wait until September for the second half of Season 6, which starts off with the promising title of “Let’s Kill Hitler”. Season 7 will likely follow in the spring, as it has for the entire run of the revival.


Doctor Who will return to BBC America in September.

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  1. But they arent going to show all 14 episodes next year for some insane reason!

    • yea similar to Tennants last “season” they are going to have 5 one of specials with a full season for the shows 50th anniversary

      • There are going to be at least 7 episodes next year, and a christmas special. There probably wont be full seasons ever again.

        And will put money on no Amy or Rory next year, with an earlier incarnation of River/Melody as the companion.

        • no no, Moffat said there will be 14 episodes next year, just like there have always been. there will probably be a break between spring and autumn like this run, but that’s all. Dr Who is going way to strong to only give a few episode for an entire year. Don’t worry guys.

          • Actually all he said was that there would be a “good chunk” of them shown in 2012.
            Plus, both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill have new projects, it is seeming very unlikely they will return next year. Which is fine with me, Amy is hot, but their story will have run its course by the end of the season. Christmas special will bring in new companions.

            And Captain Jack Harkness will likely be returning to the Tardis.

        • I agree. Now that we know who River is, I believe that the whole next season would be about the Dr and River and some of their adventures! At least I hope so!

  2. I want Rory to get turned into a Dahlek or something, or maybe The Silence dispose of him. I know the Doctor’s relationship with the companions over the years transcends the typical “hollywood-ish romantic duo” but I prefer the Doctor and companion dynamic, not the doctor/companion/fiance or the doc/companion/fiancee/river song dynamic.

    Only room for 2 in the Tardis!

    • The whole “Dr’s Wife” seemed to be telling the fans that the only real companion for the Doctor is the TARDIS. I like fiesty companions who challenge the Doctor…not necisarily a romantic interest…like Rose (who I love!) but more like Donna who gave back to the Doctor fully!

  3. I just hope that next season they ease up on the frantic pacing and overused soundtrack and concentrate on making the storylines more cohesive, so that you can actually follow what’s going on and make sense of it.

  4. This is good news, but why can’t Doctor Who have 20+ episodes like nearly every other show on TV? 14 shows and a special episode just barely whets the Dr. Who appetite!

    I’ve come to like Matt Smith as The Doctor, but not nearly as much as I adored David Tennant as The Doctor. Amy, though, is my favorite companion thus far, although I wish Rory was not involved in the stories so much. That being said, Amy’s been the companion for 2 seasons now, it’s time for a new companion!

    I’m just glad that we’re getting more Who!!

    • I know it seems like really few but it’s actually more than most British shows have, like there’s this awesome show called Miranda but that only gets 6 episodes a year!! That’s right 6!!! This is just how British shows work, it dose mean we have less boring filler episodes though as they have to pack the story into a smaller space of time.

    • Less episodes means a higher budget per episode. If a company has to stretch a budget across 20+ episodes, then the season will become garbage, fast. Less episodes means better effects, larger animation teams, larger set crews, more money all around for advertising, etc. etc. And the writing for this show blows american shows out of the water. I’m a fanatic for watching sci-fi/fantasy/action shows and there is a huge difference between a 6 episode season show, a 12, and a 22.
      Unless of course if a network pours all their assets into a show like Battlestar Galactica. Imagine if SG-1 had 14 eps instead of 22 though? or if The Walking Dead stretched across 22 eps, they’d only have enough money to hire the same 10 fill-in for zombies instead of hundreds and would be trapped in a limited studio.

    • If there were to be 20 episodes for each season, then the quality would go down. That is why England produces much excellent television due to the lower count of shows made. (13 hour shows for every year as oppposed to 22 for the U.S.). I’m looking forward to dinosaurs and Daleks for this year. Cheers.

  5. The latest episode of Who was utter crap and i feel the series is now starting to turn into a soap opera. Moffat’s stories are getting more and more complicated with every story he writes but he hasn’t actually wrote any “classic” stories since he took over producer role of the show, unlike when he wrote award winning guest stories when the other guy was in charge.
    I have a sneaky feeling that Dr Who is not doing very well in the ratings here in the UK,which means it may end up facing cancellation if something does not improve with the show, hence this reported gap in the next series with only a few specials being produced next year.(Why is this?)
    I truly feel that Moffat should take more of a back seat on the show if doesn’t really have any great stories to contribute and let other writers do the job instead.
    Matt Smith is an excellent actor and Maybe one of the Best Doctors to date and deserves much better, he hasn’t actually had any “Classic” stories as of yet since he stared last series.(I’d hate to see him end up the next Sylvester McCoy, where the show ended on his watch!)
    and don’t even get me started on Amy Pond!
    Let’s hope the second half of the Series improves greatly when its broadcast in September.

    • Well said! I couldn’t agree more!

  6. I personally think that these episodes should be played without the break, like this year. All 14 episodes week after week. And no more having Britain seeing the episode a week before everyone else, they ruin it for the rest of us. Everyone sees it the same week, even Canada and Australia.

  7. i am a new viewer to the show and i have only seen seasons 5 & 6 i am still very excited for the return of season 6 but what day in september should i be looking out for it

  8. Matt Smith is awful. That said, the stories and writing for him have been terrible. It is a shame to see this show devolve as much as it has.

    Bring back a more adult, complex theme. We need better stories, less use of “Shock and Awe” soundtracks and the like. Bring in a more mature actor, and actress for the companion. I think alot of people who chant for Tennant and even Eccleston’s return, are really missing the higher overall show quality that was featured during their runs as the Doctor.

    • please, please shut up. IMO Matt smith is the best, the episodes have waaaay more drama and suspense. I love David tennant (eccleston was just… too bad boy for the doctor) but I feel the newer episodes are the best ever. honestly filler episodes can wait don’t get me wrong I love fillers too but I loooove suspense

  9. I love Matt Smith! He is my favorite doctor! I agree that some of the stories are less developed and clever than in earlier seasons. He, however, does a great job with the material. I thought that ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ was as close to a ‘classic’ episode as he’s had yet. That said, it is time for Rory to go. :(


  11. I’ve just watched the second to last episode of season 6 is right before the Doctor dies and I’m so glad there will be a new season. I hope Amy and Rory come back or the earlier companions but they were most likely cut of in the End of Time.
    Comment for some earlier comments on Matt Smith and Moffat. You guys have seriously got to lighten up! Do not judge a season just on a few episodes and Matt Smith is a brilliant Doctor. I do prefer Tennant but Smith is really close. All Doctor series have a way of making it come together in the end so be patient.
    Thanks for reading my mini rant. Allons-y!

  12. Please no more Amy. We really cannot stand her, though I adore Rory.
    I was hoping when he dropped them off to live a normal life last episode, that it was the end for sure.

  13. I think that other writers should get a chance To make their mark. Moffit can do some good writing, but one can;t have great stories time after time. And having two companions is no problem. The early days of the show there were two companions, but I agree its time for Amy to head off. Rory has seen some develoment in his character, and that was a great direction to go in, instead of being the “Tin Dog”, that the second companion turns out to be.

    Knock Amy off, and let both the Doctor and Rory continue for a few episodes, as a dark brooding pair who have lost a firend and lover.

  14. matt smith is a fantastic doctor, becuase he is his own person, he plays a doctor that isnt looking for love, but a friend to share his crazy life with, i like the fact that he always seems to be finishing his own sentences or that he changes topic of what he is talking about quickly and then jumps back to topic,
    i loved david tennet as the doctor because he brought skill to the role, he showed how clever ‘the doctor’ is and how old he has become.
    you gotta remember that matt smith, is david tennet, and by that i mean that they are the doctor but differant personalities of him, davids series ended with him having his heart broken from loosing all his freinds and loveds ones, and what does someone do when that happens? they make new friends, and dont seek a new love, and that is where amy and rory play the side kick so well, becuase then the audience know that the doctor and amy arnt going to end up together, then of course matt meets alex, but again that isnt a relationship because she is in prison for his murder, and the docotor isnt one to change that. summerise, i do enjoy matt smith as the doctor and i agree that he is almost as good as david who i loved, but they both bring there own spark to doctor who.

    just one question, in the old doctor who it was said that time lords only have 13 regeneration, we are up too 11, what going to happen? does doctor who stop at 13? or do we forget the “only 13 regenerations” and keep going.

    • time lords can regenerate 507 times

      • No they can’t. Moffat said this wasn’t to be taken seriously in Sarah Jane Adventures. In the classic series, 13 regenerations was the said amount of times you can regenerate although there are ways around this (as any classic doctor who fan would know the Master regenerated more than 13 times).

  15. One thing I have to say about the current series is how they finally brought feeling back to the series. Yes, Tennant was an amazing Doctor, but Smith is living up to what the Doctor has needed for so long.
    What I have noticed with what the storyline has been taking for the entirety of season six is that they are trying to exploit the Doctor for what he is and shove emotion into the episodes. The older, classic series is much different to this, the storylines consisting mostly adventure and science mized together, and would go more indepth with the story tha with the Doctor himself.
    Truly, when was the last time the Doctor (11) showed any real emotion? The writers for Eleven have been keeping him as far away from emotion as possible, which is why Amy and Rory fit so well as the companions. The last episode of the season, the Christmas special that came out merely a week ago, had so kuch emotion in it. Knowing that the Doctor can feel emotion, that he is finally cracking under his shell, is heart-warming. I do not know about you guys, but right at the end of the episode, when Amy and Rory stated that they set a place for him every year, and he cried (one tear, but that is enough), it made me put Doctor Who in a whole new perspective, knwoing that the Doctor is becoming aware of everyone and everything around him more instead of blocking it out and sheilding himself from showing any kind of emotion.
    That last episode is not drama, but introspection. We finally see that the Doctor has a heart after all.
    What I truly miss from the classic series is the Master and other Timelords being able to play a role in the Doctor’s life. Does everyone here remember that the Doctor once had a family, that they all dies because of his decision and he holds that weight on his shoulders now and refuses to let it go? Every episode I look for that in the Doctor, to show that he remembers that, that the show has not forgotten the old Who, that they are simply throwing in a new Doctor and forgetting that the show what just as famous before all of this drama and trauma was in his life.
    What I hope to see in this new season 7 is to focus more on the Doctor. The reason the Doctor is the way he is today is because of his past. The writers have not brought any of that into the show whatsoever. There was a Time War, yes, he mentions that, but he seems way more bummed out over the fact that he lost Rose than the fact that he destroyed his own planet. And even though he may show hatred towards his own people, he was not always like that, and even in the war he had companions and people he was friends with and close to on Gallifrey. They truly need to bring that up. And the Master.
    The Master is the Doctor’s one true enemy and the only other being in the universe that can understand his pain. They need to bring him back. His finale was not not go back to the Time War and leave the Doctor alone. He used to be the main cause behind every little thing that went wrong in the universe, then just disappeared in the Time War only to come back and then be sent back to where he had started. He has always played the largest role as the enemy and friend of the Doctor, and the Doctor’s past needs to come back. I’ll stop here for the sake of anyone reading. Sorry, but it needed to be said.

    • wow that was bloody long ;) but well said, i’m getting sick of people going on about how rubbish matt smith is and how tenant was so much better…which is balls! lets face it tenant has 2 expression sad puppy dog eyes and petulant child…

  16. I have watched the newer version of DOCTOR WHO from season 1 to season 6 and I have to say that I love each and every episodes, yes some of them have faults but that’s with EVERY TV-show, don’t expect a move/tv-show that has been going on for many many years to not have these bumps and cons. I am very happy to know that, they will be continuing Doctor who. Doctor who has been alive for so long, it shouldn’t end here or now. There are sill soo many things we have yet to learn about this ancient character. Matt Smith was a very heroic, ironed fist twist to the doctor who character while David Tennant was silly-heart warming stern. I’m glad that Matt Smith will be returning to the series because I do indeed miss him, but I will miss David Tennant too.

  17. I love Doctor Who so much. I’m a new fan, though. I’ve seen a few David Tennant and ALL Matt Smith, and so far, I have like Matt’s interpretation of the doctor so much more. And amy and rory are great companions. I would love to hear more about River and the Doctor, because they just got married.

  18. To me, Season 6 of Doctor Who was a little confusing at first, but I loved every moment of it, and it really came together and made sense in th end. Now, here are some things I’d like to see in the upcoming Season 7:

    1. A new companion. Preferably not River. I do like her, yes, but to me it wouldn’t be very fun if she were going on adventures with him everywhere, in almost every episode. The role she has right now – the side character that makes epic entrances and exits – suits her very nicely, and I’d hate to see it ruined. What the Doctor needs is a new companion, someone with a personality different from any of the past girls. Hopefully it’ll be someone with more obvious flaws – Amy was nice, but she was beautiful and spunky and charismatic. Maybe the next companion could be a little more shy, or socially awkward or a shut-in. Or even a boy.

    2. New aliens. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of NEW creatures and planets in Season 6 – I’d really like for them to visit some new and exotic locations, with quirky and exotic inhabitants.

    3. Bring back a past character – at least one. Preferably Captain Jack Harkness. :P I also adored Craig, and am desperately praying that we haven’t seen the last of him and Alfie. <3

    I'd also be interested in the current Doctor meeting one of his past selves – like David Tennant or Christopher Eccleston. They need to focus on the DOCTOR more, and less on other things.

  19. I cant wait for the new season to start but I havent been able to find out when it does. Im interested in finding out how they are going to answer the big question, Doctor Who… Doctor…. Whooo…??? I have a feeling that is how they are going to end it with the 13th doctor finally answering the question.

    • nice idea but probably wrong, look at the prophecy again –

      “On the fields of Trenzelor, at the fall of the Eleventh, when no living creature can speak falsely or fail to answer, a question will be asked—one that must never be answered. And Silence must fall when the question is asked.”

      Hmmm…”at the fall of the Eleventh”?
      and you might have noticed eleventh is capitalised, like you would with someones name…unfortunately it looks like matt probably wont last too much longer but on the plus side i’m expecting a much darker 12th Doctor and hopefully finding out some more about the damned Valeyard


  21. David Tennant needs to come back as the Doctor he was the best of them all without question.

    • really? i take it you haven’t seen many McCoy or Baker ones

      • Most people who say that started watching the series with Baker, so that’s who they’re accustomed to. Honestly, I thought Baker was boring. Loved the scarf though. I started watching the series at Tennant’s time, so that’s who I’m accustomed to. But, I do find all the representations interesting. It’s funny how the doctor seemingly got younger with each regeneration. He started off a really old man and now he’s this weird bumbling idiot with no eye brows.

  22. WHEN is season 7 of Doctor Who going to air???

  23. I know this was written a year ago but know Amy and Rory have been zapped back in time in ‘the angels of Manhattan’. I really didn’t want that, I didn’t like Rory at all personally but Amy was amazing. I may be the only one with this view but I would love the Doctor and Amy to end up together, i’v never liked River much and wish they hadn’t got married. The Doctor and Amy really connected with each other and would have made a great couple in my opinion, I would love a twist like that,I would be far more interested if it was the Doctor and Amy went on adventures and let their romance through. Bring back Amy!

    • No way. Amy is annoying and she loves Rory to death. Who should never have a wife. He’s the Doctor and the last of his kind. He had a family and that’s done. He’s just moving along until his time ends.

  24. and a pity they were perfect together
    river and the eleventh doctor a couple breathtaking
    we would have views of the beautiful
    with two brilliant minds so
    river and the doctor thinks for a bit if they had children
    of children with a higher than normal intelligence
    would have been even greater than their rocking
    I wish that Steven Moffat took all this into consideration
    we’ll see
    you never know he is so unpredictable

    it would be fantastic
    I will not even
    that this pair
    river and the doctor to separate

    river and the eleventh doctor
    to imitate a pair ready to give our lives for one another
    for me this is true love